Education
 Nepal
Project #2740

Provide Education to 20 Disabled Nepali Children

by Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)
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Early childhood education
Early childhood education

Namaste!

It was another challenging year for Nepal and children and families we serve.

Just months after two major earthquakes devastated the country, political unrest and a prolonged blockade at the Indian border brought Nepal’s recovery efforts to a near standstill.

Petrol, cooking fuel, food, medicine and building materials were in short supply and prices more than doubled, causing even more suffering.

The crisis slowed us down, but it couldn’t stop NYF’s dedicated staff from doing everything they could to care for some of Nepal’s most impoverished children.

They rode bicycles when there was no petrol. When the cooking fuel ran out, they built outdoor fires to keep the community kitchens operating. They worked 16-hour days to help people who had lost everything.

We are so proud of what the NYF Nepal team accomplished in face of these hardships. We could not have done it without your friendship and support.

Thank you and dhanyabad!

With warmest wishes for the year ahead!

Nepal Youth Foundation

Standing tall...NYF staffer measurers a young girl
Standing tall...NYF staffer measurers a young girl
Mother and child
Mother and child
Girl in a pink hat
Girl in a pink hat

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Rajan and Choodamani
Rajan and Choodamani

Two years ago, we shared the story of Choodamani – a partially disabled boy who grew up in one of our two children’s homes and later became an advocate for disability rights in Nepal. This month, we are looking forward to welcoming him and others who grew up in our J&K Houses at the inauguration of Olgapuri Children’s Village, our permanent new home for some of the Nepal’s most disadvantaged children.

When Choodamani was a boy he burned his foot and became partially disabled. His social worker wrote to us explaining that his school was far away, across a river – too far for the boy to limp there on his own. The letter quoted 12-year-old Choodamani saying he wanted to be “the Charles Darwin of Nepal.” So we brought this ambitious young boy to start a new life at J House, our home for boys, where school would be easily accessible and he would be well-cared for.

Choodamani eventually became our very first J House graduate, and we’re as proud as any family would be. After high school, he got a job in a hospital as a physical therapist while he took classes at college. He eventually became a leader in Nepal’s emerging disability rights movement, and served on Nepal’s National Federation of the Disabled.

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped hundreds of deaf, blind and physically disabled children students get an education and learn the skills necessary to live full, productive lives.

Often treated as discards in Nepal's caste society, we send the children to special schools which are set up to care for them physically and academically. Our students thrive. Last year, we cared for 103 students into our program, 51 boys and 52 girls preschool through high school.

Your dollars go far in Nepal. Thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children. This program’s accomplishments would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Namaste!

Olgapuri Children
Olgapuri Children's Village

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Student in disabled school program
Student in disabled school program

Our Disabled Scholarship fund has helped hundreds of deaf, blind and physically disabled children students get an education and learn the skills necessary to live full, productive lives since we began the program in 1990.

Often treated as discards in Nepal's caste society, we send the children to special schools which are set up to care for them physically and academically. Our students thrive. Last year, we cared for a total of 103 students in preschool through high school - 51 boys and 52 girls.

While there are some special schools that accommodate specific needs of disabled students, tuition is usually more than the annual income of a Nepali family. Consequently, only an estimated 30 percent of disabled children are educated, leaving most unable to read, write or ever work.

The program has been highly successful and many graduates are now employed and are proudly providing for themselves and families. Some are paying their own way through graduate school. Furthermore, the program has had positive impacts that extend beyond the student's academic performance. The social workers have found that once they become involved in our program, they become much more motivated, independent and their social behavior improves remarkably.

Your dollars go far in Nepal. Thank you for your generous contributions to our project to Provide Education to 20 Disabled Children. This program’s accomplishments would not be possible without the support of people like you.

Namaste!

Young boy in disabled scholarship program
Young boy in disabled scholarship program

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Student in disabled school program
Student in disabled school program

The months-long embargo that crippled much of Nepal over the winter has lifted and NYF staffers are returning to the work of rebuilding from the 2015 earthquakes.

The politically triggered blockade at the Indian border came on the heels of the devastating earthquakes and caused widespread economic and humanitarian loss. Fuel was scarce and the lack of cooking fuel forced people to cook outside with wood. Hospitals turned away non-critical patients because of a shortage of medicine and supplies.

We continued to care for the children under our watch, but were forced to sharply curtail all of our programs. Without petrol, our staff used 15 bicycles to get to our projects in Kathmandu.

Despite the disruptions, we were able to still make an impact on the lives of some of the world’s most impoverished children.

A 14-year-old from a remote village in the western hills of Nepal dropped out of school after receiving heart emergency heart surgery from a team of doctors in Kathmandu. He was working as a dishwasher to pay for his care. NYF took him into one our residential homes and is now supporting him in school.

Two siblings and their mother arrived at our New Life Center for children with HIV-AIDS, severely under-weight, and covered with rashes and cuts. Three months later, the family returned home, with their HIV under control and in good health. Their mother had also learned the skills and knowledge needed to care for her children and herself.

Our programs are gearing up again. We are building classrooms, enrolling more students in our scholarship programs, and have launched our Construction Skills Training program to teach villagers and young people skills to enter the building trades.

The Nepali people are very resilient, and we are hopeful that the country can now move forward to rebuild and recover from the earthquakes and discord.

Thank you for your continued support.

Namaste!

Construction skills training
Construction skills training
A new school built by NYF
A new school built by NYF

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Children of Nepal
Children of Nepal

2015 has been an incredibly challenging year for Nepal and its people. First the devastating earthquakes last spring and now the four-month blockade at the Indian border that’s threatening lives and causing even more economic damage.

Fuel is scarce; creating days-long lines at gas stations for what little is available. People are cooking outside with wood because there is no cooking fuel. Hospitals are turning away non-critical patients because of a shortage of medicine and supplies. The government continues to negotiate with the groups leading the protests, and we all hope there will be a resolution soon.

Knowing the incredible resilience of the people of Nepal, we are hopeful that 2016 will bring an end to the political discord and the country can move forward with its work of rebuilding.

Our staff is working hard to push forward with our programs and we continue to care for the children under our watch.

Please keep the people of Nepal in your hearts and thoughts this holiday season.

With warmest wishes for the year ahead,

Nepal Youth Foundation

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Nepal Youth Foundation (NYF)

Location: Sausalito, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.NepalYouthFoundation.org
Project Leader:
Jackie Frost
Sausalito, CA United States
$4,265 raised of $12,000 goal
 
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